18 Aug '13, 9pm

Ky. schools look to Singapore to raise math scores

Ky. schools look to Singapore to raise math scores

LOUISVILLE -- Surrounded by colorful number cards, beads and blocks, dozens of elementary teachers from across Louisville sat inside a packed training room last week, learning a new way of teaching math that focuses on problem-solving and in-depth understanding rather than rote memorization. It's called Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach — modeled after a curriculum that has made Singapore a world leader in math education. More than a dozen Jefferson County, Ky., public elementary schools this fall are adopting it as part of the district's move to meet the more rigorous demands of the new Common Core standards . "Our old math program just wasn't getting it done," said Tim Hagan, principal at Hite Elementary School in Middletown, Ky., which is adopting Math in Focus. "Our kids weren't understanding the concepts; we would see fifth-graders using their fingers to add and s...

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